February 22 2019
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is delighted to announce funding of $500,000 for the UniSA Whyalla Campus.
The uni will receive funding to create a new regional Innovation and Collaboration Centre in Whyalla (ICC Whyalla) through the Federal Government’s Incubator Support initiative.
Mr Ramsey said UniSA had done a great job in securing a grant.
“This is recognition that an incubator business from our region can match the best in the country,” he said.
“Whyalla is the perfect locality to base a centre of innovation for ground-breaking start-ups to find a pathway to a global market.
“A centre like this will benefit the local community and the nation, in growing the economy and creating jobs.
“Incubators like these and the start-ups they support play a critical role in creating high-value jobs, contributing to increased productivity and bringing new products and services to market.
“The start-ups will be able to test their prototypes and learn important business skills, such as how to drive sales growth and how to go global.”
This hub will be a node of the Adelaide based ICC – a successful tripartite model between the University of SA (UniSA), the State Government of SA and industry partners. ICC Whyalla will create a dynamic pathway for innovative start-ups to reach their global capacity by providing a dedicated coworking space and program of support, combined with fast gigabit network speeds and injecting expert mentors. Based on the Adelaide experience, the Whyalla business community will benefit from a suite of training forums led by professionals with a track record of driving a local innovation into an international market.
The $23 million Incubator Support initiative is part of the Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme. The supported incubators in turn assist start-ups to develop their skills and connections locally and globally, increasing the chances of successful commercialisation.
For more information on the Incubator Support grant recipients go to www.business.gov.au/incubator-recipients
For more information on how to apply for an Incubator Support grant, go to www.business.gov.au/assistance/incubator-support
Media contact; Leonie Lloyd-Smith 86331744